Laws to stop use of polythene and asbestos to be announced: President

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Aug 31, 2015 (LBO) – Laws preventing the use of polythene will be put in place from January 1, 2016. A ban on imports of asbestos will be announced at the same time, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has said.

“President Sirisena recalled that he made plans to ban the use of polythene and prevent import of asbestos during his time as the Health Minister. It was not possible to implement them. But today everybody is supporting that program,” the President’s office said in a statement.

In 2010, a program was announced to reduce the use of plastics and polythene. The regional administration also drafted laws to ban the use of polythene.

But the plans fell through, and the head of the Central Environmental Authority said that viable alternatives needed to be provided for the public for the program to be successful.